Play Like A Kid Again in Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, NC is a beautiful tourist destination full of life and excitement! It is the perfect destination to take the entire family, these are only a few of the many amazing activities and restaurants that the city has to offer that are family-friendly!

Pisgah National Forest

The Pisgah National Forest covers over 500,000 acres of forest land across the central mountains of Western North Carolina. This national forest is also home to Sliding Rock, a kid-friendly Natural Water Slide. What could be more fun than sliding down a rock into a pool?

Botanical Garden of Asheville

Kids love to roam the gardens. They get to see all of the plants and animals and explore them. Best of all it is FREE!

Apple Picking

Apple picking is a fun, inexpensive, hands-on activity perfect for all ages! Also, depending on the season you can pick grapes and pumpkins too!

Mountain Play Lodge

The play lodge is a great kid-friendly option for rainy days! It is clean, safe, and fun and provides kids a place to let their imagination run wild! It includes a huge treehouse jungle gym, unbelievable soft foam sculptures, and realistic playhouses!

Western North Carolina Nature Center

The nature center is a living museum for plants and animals in the Appalachian region. They have events planned throughout the year and it is a great place for kids to learn and understand more about nature and their environments through hands-on and sensory programs.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Drive along the famous Blue Ridge Parkway and stop along the lookout to witness the marvelous beauty of mother nature at best. You can start from Asheville and drive all the way to the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountain Park.

The Hop

First, what better way to enjoy a hot summer day than delicious ice cream? They have anything you could want with premium quality homemade Dairy & Vegan Ice Cream and Sorbet, Fairtrade Coffee and Espresso, unique specialty desserts, and more.

They were named by Huffington Post and Domino Magazine as one of the 12 Best Ice Cream Shops in America. Featured on the Cooking Channel show Unique Sweets about Awesome Asheville Sweets. Blueberry Kale Ice Cream made Saveur Magazine’s 5 Great American Ice Creams.

Asheville Pinball Museum

Once you pay admission you get to play any game you want for free. (It’s both kid-friendly and wallet-friendly) It is a great deal to play a wide variety of vintage games. There are over 30 machines that range from the 1960s to 2003 there are even a few novelty games you can play such as a rifle game and baseball game!


One of the most popular attractions in Asheville, at 175,000 square feet and 250 rooms, it’s the largest house in America. The Biltmore Estate consists of the Biltmore House, the winery, and the manicured garden. It will be a great day trip for a family. Kids will enjoy roaming around the resort with over 8,000 acres. Also, there are plenty of activities provided throughout the year.

Chimney Rock Park

Enjoy NC’s newest State park at Chimney Rock Park. Go up to the top of the rock to enjoy the amazing, panoramic view. Families with small children, don’t be afraid there is an elevator to take you up to the top within 30 seconds. For a family with bigger kids and love the adventure, the Outcropping trail will take you there in about 20 minutes. There are several hiking trails for different preferences. Great Woodland Adventure Trail and Hickory Nut Falls Trail are highly recommended for family hiking. A tip for a family with small children, bring a backpack carrier, or rent one at the park for $8 as the trails are not suitable for stroller use.

The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad is a perfect excursion for a visit to Asheville. Kids will enjoy a scenic train journey through the Great Smoky Mountain. There are special train events throughout the year being the Thomas Train Ride, the Snoopy Easter ride, or the Polar Express on Christmas.

The North Carolina Arboretum

Kids will love seeing all of the exquisite flowers and miles of trails! The arboretum has many exciting activities and adventures your kids can experience!

With all of these kid-friendly things to do in the city of Asheville, NC, you are going to want to stay for a few days! Check out the most charming cottages and Yurts in the Asheville area at Mountain Springs Cabins!

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